born on 6/5/1971 in Viersen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Till Brönner (born 6 May 1971 in Viersen, West Germany) is a jazz musician, trumpeter, singer, composer, arranger and producer.
Brönner's approach is influenced by bebop and fusion jazz, but also modern pop music, movie soundtracks (especially old German movies), country music and German pop songs. His trumpet playing is primarily inspired by Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chet Baker. His most influential teachers were Bobby Shew and Malte Burba.
Brönner was raised in Rome and received classical trumpet education at the Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn. During high school, he completed a one-year exchange program to the United States with the organization ASSIST. He then studied jazz trumpet at the music academy in Cologne under Jiggs Whigham and Jon Eardley.
From 1989–1991, Brönner was a member of the Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass. At the age of twenty, he became solo trumpeter of the RIAS Big Band Berlin under Horst Jankowski and Jiggs Whigham.
Brönner recorded his debut album, Generations of Jazz (1993) with Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton. His vocal debut was on Love (Verve, 1998). His album That Summer (2004) landed on the German pop chart at No. 16 and made him the bestselling jazz musician in Germany's history. Larry Klein produced his next two albums. Oceana (2006) featured appearances by vocalists Carla Bruni, Madeleine Peyroux, and Luciana Souza. Rio (2009) was a tribute to bossa nova and Brazilian music with appearances by Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento, and Luciana Souza.
Brönner wrote the score for Jazz Seen, a documentary about photographer William Claxton, and composed the soundtrack for Höllentour, a movie about the Tour de France bicycle race. In 2014, he released The Movie Album, which contained cover versions of songs from old movies to the present, recorded in Los Angeles.
Brönner has worked with Monty Alexander, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Klaus Doldinger, Al Foster, Johnny Griffin, Chaka Khan, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, James Moody, Aki Takase, Take 6, Ernie Watts and Jeff Goldblum.
Awards and honors
- Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Generations of Jazz, 1993
- Preis der Deutschen Plattenindustrie, Generations of Jazz, 1993
- Gold Disc Award, Swing Journal, Love, 1998
- Echo Award in Jazz Production (National and International), 2007
- Grammy Award nomination, Best instrumental Jazz Solo, "Seven Steps to Heaven" by Take 6, 2009
- German Movie Award nomination, Best Music Score, Höllentour
- Generations of Jazz (Minor Music, 1994)
- German Songs (Minor Music, 1996)
- My Secret Love (Minor Music, 1996)
- Midnight (Universal Classics & Jazz, 1997)
- Love (Verve, 1999)
- Chattin' with Chet (Verve, 2000)
- Blue Eyed Soul (Universal/Verve, 2002)
- Jazz Seen (A&M, 2002)
- That Summer (Verve, 2004)
- Oceana (EmArcy, 2006)
- The Christmas Album (Universal/Verve, 2007)
- Rio (Universal Classics & Jazz, 2009)
- At the End of the Day (Bam Bam, 2010)
- Till Bronner (Bam Bam, 2013)
- The Movie Album (Verve, 2014)
- Canyon Songs (MPS/Naxos, 2015)
- The Good Life (Sony Masterworks, 2016)
- Nightfall (Sony Masterworks, 2018) (with Dieter Ilg)